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Sir Henry Unton
by Unknown artist
circa 1596
NPG 710

Edward Cocker
after a print by Richard Gaywood
based on a work of 1657
NPG 274

Jonathan Swift
by Charles Jervas
circa 1718
NPG 278

Alexander Pope
studio of Michael Dahl
circa 1727
NPG 4132

Samuel Johnson
by Sir Joshua Reynolds
NPG 1597

Sir Anthony Panizzi
by George Frederic Watts
circa 1847
NPG 1010

John Timbs
by Thomas John Gullick
engraved 1855
NPG 5011

Queen Victoria
by Mary Helen Carlisle
NPG 2088

Rudyard Kipling
by Sir Philip Burne-Jones, 2nd Bt
NPG 1863

Cecil Day-Lewis
by Frank Ernest Halliday
NPG 6588

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Activities for children and families inspired by three healthcare heroes from our Collection.

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